The American Platinum Eagle is the official platinum bullion coin of the United States. First introduced in 1997, the coins are struck continually in bullion and proof versions for both investors and collectors to covet.
- Contains 1/2 Troy oz of .9995 pure platinum.
- Bears a face value of $50 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- Obverse features the Portraits of Liberty design.
- Reverse bears the image of an American bald eagle soaring confidently through the air.
The American Platinum Eagle debuted in 1997 when the United States Mint released a bullion and proof version of the coin. The coin is made available each year in a 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, and 1/10 oz weight.
American Platinum Eagle coins are unique in that they are the only bullion coins from the United States Mint to feature new designs on an annual basis. The reverse image of the Platinum Eagle has changed every year since 1998. In fact, 1997 was the only year in which the bullion and proof versions of the coin featured the same designs.
On the obverse of the 1/2 oz American Platinum Eagle coin is the image of Lady Liberty, inspired directly by the Statue of Liberty. Former-US Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti designed this image, known as Portrait of Liberty, which depicts Liberty as she gazes into the future.
The reverse of the 1/2 oz American Platinum Eagle is Thomas D. Roger’s “Eagle soaring Above America” design, which depicts the American bald eagle as it soars over the sun. The majestic creature is the official symbol of the United States, and appears annually on the bullion version of the American Platinum Eagle.